PRINTING FROM THE IPAD OR IPHONE

We have an older friend who has never owned a computer but would like to buy an iPhone because it’s so easy to use and doubles as a computer and phone. Her only stumbling block? She wants to be able to print from it.

Recently HP announced some wireless printers that you could print to from an iPhone or iPad. Today Epson joined the act. You need a Wi-Fi enabled Epson printer and a $10 app called the “PrintJinni.”

Here’s there press release:

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 14, 2010 – Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing desktop printing solutions, and Thinxtream Technologies today announced a new mobile printing application – PrintJinni™ for Epson® – that allows Apple® iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™[i] users to easily print Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, PDF, and JPEG files from an e-mail account to any Wi-Fi®-enabled Epson all-in-one. Unlike other mobile printing solutions, PrintJinni for Epson is an all-inclusive productivity tool that allows users to download, display, preview, and print e-mail attachments that maintain accurate formatting.

“PrintJinni for Epson enhances the printing experience for mobile device users by delivering superior performance where it counts, whether at home, in the office, or on the road,” said Gregg Brunnick, group product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. “With the benefit to print to any Wi-Fi-enabled Epson all-in-one, this convenient app keeps iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users from being tied to one printer. PrintJinni for Epson offers the ultimate mobile printing freedom and superior print quality inherent in Epson’s all-in-one solutions.”

Additional PrintJinni for Epson Features:

  • Supports printing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007), as well as JPEG and PDF files from e-mail attachments
  • Offers easy discovery of supported Epson printers and all-in-ones over the Wi-Fi network
  • Provides simple set-up and e-mail attachment support for Gmail, Microsoft® Exchange, Apple MobileMe, AOL®, and other IMAP-based email accounts
  • Prints over Wi-Fi without the need for an intermediate PC, additional software or printer drivers
  • Delivers secure encrypted communication for mobile printing
  • Receives and prints iWorks documents from the iPad[ii]
  • Includes free upgrade to iPad-native printing support scheduled for release in fall 2010

“We are pleased to work with Epson to launch a robust mobile printing solution for their customers,” said Robert Shibata, director of marketing, Thinxtream Technologies. “The rich functionality of PrintJinni for Epson will help Apple mobile device users leverage the superior printing performance and Wi-Fi capability of Epson printers. Through this joint initiative, we are also looking forward to leveraging Epson’s advanced printing technology expertise to upgrade and enhance the features of the PrintJinni application.”

Pricing and Availability

PrintJinni for Epson, expected later to be priced at $9.99, is now available in the U.S. and Canada on the Apple iTunes® Store for an introductory price of $6.99. This 30 percent discount is for a limited time only and includes a one-year subscription to PrintJinni Cloud Services.

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